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    Must Read Threads and FAQs for Newbies?

    Alot of people are asking for easier access to the really valuable threads on this forum.

    I know they can search, but I thought i could make it a little easier and create a web page with links to all of the top threads that newbies find really helpful.

    Can anyone suggest a thread of two? Feel free to suggest categories as well or let me know what you think this page should look like. I am guessing I should include links to videos as well, even if they are not mp3Car videos, that is fine. This page should be useful.

    Thanks.

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    Start by looking at the FAQ to the FAQs in the FAQ Emporium. Some of those threads are pretty dated now, but many still stand the time test.

    Also, look at the stickies in the forums and see if they get a lot of views. Monitors, GPS, OBDII, etc. all have popular stickies.
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    Yeah, those FAQs are cool if you're already decided you're going to do it.

    But to catch the imagination of the newbies and/or first time visitors wanting to know what's all about, I would suggest a link to Turbocad's FX post. Should I do it or not? That's what tipped the scales for me back in 2007. It's definitely a must read.

    I think the wiki pages are a let down. They should all link one to each other, and I don't see that. In that regard, the old wiki is so much better, but also incomplete. It should have links to posts/threads, at every junction/paragraph, IMHO.

    I also think there should be a page with like a slide show of how the front ends look like. The thread that lists front ends/skins are just a bunch of pages. Skins and front ends/plugins, should all be treated like pictures in a gallery, see picasa, phanfarre, others. You click, you see details, you zoom out, you compare 8 different skins/plugins or whatever in the same page. That would be a great addition.

    Finally, the most important FAQ for me, when I was a newbie, was the PSU FAQ. How to power the computer in a car and how to use a regular ATX psu in a workbench. That's what makes everything started, safely.

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    A showcase of some of the better completed installs, especially ones done by someone in their garage as opposed to a pro in a shop.
    (I am well aware that there are a good number of pros who do their own work in their garage, but I digress.)

    Those good installs serve as inspiration and somewhat a how-to guide, especially if it is well-put together with wiring diagrams, detailed photos of the fab process and/or install process, wiring, etc.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    A showcase of some of the better completed installs, especially ones done by someone in their garage as opposed to a pro in a shop.
    (I am well aware that there are a good number of pros who do their own work in their garage, but I digress.)

    Those good installs serve as inspiration and somewhat a how-to guide, especially if it is well-put together with wiring diagrams, detailed photos of the fab process and/or install process, wiring, etc.
    Good suggestions, any specific installs stand out aside from the above one mentioned?

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    hijacks install is particularly well documented through most of its many stages, and from what i can tell, most of it was done in a driveway.

    otherwise, another thread i would recommend is one of the "i am done with car computing" threads-- i think these give good insight to the problems and road blocks that new members might run into, also some of the comments on those threads are also a good read for someone new to to the computer-in-a-car idea.

    otherwise, is there any way to post a thread in the newbie section with a link to the faq's, and then bump it every day? (no one pays attention to stickies)

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